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Two contests set for recount
Races for House, Senate both close
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Forsyth County News

Nearly 35,400 ballots will get a second look Wednesday during a recount of two Republican primary races.

The losing candidates in both the District 27 state Senate and District 26 state House of Representative races have asked for the recount because the races were decided by a less than 1 percentage point.

Political newcomer Geoff Duncan edged former state lawmaker Tom Knox by 55 votes.

“When you get down to 55 votes of 9,000 or so, you’re down to a matter of chance at that point, so I think it’s important to make sure that we counted it correctly,” Knox said.

Knox received 4,448 votes, or about 49.7 percent, to Duncan’s 4,503, or about 50.3 percent.

Duncan said recounts are “part of the process and we’re just fine with it.”

The Senate race was also tight, with incumbent Jack Murphy receiving 13,282, or about 50.2 percent of the votes, to hold on to the post.

His opponent, Forsyth County Tea Party founder Steve Voshall was 117 votes behind, with a total of 13,165, or about 49.8 percent.

Voshall could not be reached for comment Friday, but has previously said there was “definitely room there for some human errors and we need to make sure that the vote is correct.”

Murphy said he doesn’t think there will be a “big change in the votes, but I don’t blame him for asking for a recount. That’s his privilege.”

He added the recount will “satisfy everybody’s mind that all the votes were counted like they were supposed to be.”

Barbara Luth, Forsyth County’s elections supervisor, said she doesn’t expect the recount to change the results.

“The machines are very accurate when they do the reading of the ballots,” she said. “I haven’t seen it change in a long time. Not since we started with this equipment.”

Knox said he wouldn’t be surprised either way, but the law is in place and “so I thought it might be wise to do it.”

“This comes under the heading of crossing T’s and dotting I’s,” he added.